Wedding Day Tips for Shy Couples

Are you feeling a little nervous about your wedding day, anxious about being the centre of attention?  If you are then you won’t be alone. I’ve had past clients share their nervousness about what they perceive are many eyes staring at them all day.  But there are a few things you can do that will help you worry less and feel more confident.

It sounds obvious but everyone who you invite to your wedding is excited for you, cares for you and wants you to be happy.  Try to remember this, particularly the moment just before you walk in to the ceremony – which is usually when I see my couples looking their most nervous.

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Tips for choosing the images for your wedding album

wedding photography complete packages BristolWedding albums are the single best way for you to re-live your day after its all over. Truth is you’ll probably never get around to printing many photos out from your USB, and newlyweds rarely find the time to make their own album when life gets back to normal.  That’s why I’m also pleased when couples choose to add a wedding album to their booking.

If you’ve had your wedding but didn’t order an album at the time it is still possible to order one now.  Albums can be paid for in monthly instalments and sent to print once the final payment is made. This is a great way of spreading the cost, and if you plan it well your album could be delivered to you ready for your first wedding anniversary – a great way to celebrate!

Once your wedding is over and you’ve returned from your honeymoon it’s time to think about choosing the photographs that you want to include in your album.  My advice would be not to leave this too long.   Keep a Sunday afternoon free, grab a bottle of wine and spend the afternoon reminiscing about your wedding day, looking back through your photographs, laughing and remembering everything that happened and choosing the images that you love.

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Alice & Ben – Dyrham Park Engagement Session

Alice and Ben found me after I photographed Alice’s best friends wedding back in 2016, she’d been Maid of Honour to her friend Jade at the time and got in touch with me a last year asking me to shoot her own wedding.

We met at beautiful Dyrham Park, a National Trust property located just outside of Bath.  It was a really lovely sunny day and it was great to take a walk with these two and discuss their plans, shooting some relaxed portraits along the way.  Our highlight aside from the fantastic views we got of the house whilst walking down the hill was seeing the deer, so many of them!

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Tower Bridge London Wedding Photography

What. A. View !

Stunning  isn’t it?   I shot this image on Saturday afternoon from the top of Tower Bridge in London.   My job allows me to photograph weddings in such varied places and this has to be one of my favourites.   I just love London and always have a secret dream about moving there…. I know most people leave London and move out to the sticks, I often think about doing it in reverse, selling up and moving into London  (don’t worry Granny we won’t!).

The view of the Tower of London and beyond I adore.

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Spending the day at Tower Bridge I also had a little history lesson and some cool facts about the bridge, in 1894 the bridge opened 20 to 30 times a day. Today it opens 20 to 30 times in a week.  The bridge opened in 1894 and was built to the design of Sir John Wolfe Barry. On 30 December 1952 a double decker bus jumped the 3 foot gap as the bridge opened.  Such interesting stuff but hey you aren’t reading this for a history lesson!

It was Ruben and Emma’s wedding and they married in a ceremony held in the North Tower.  With friends and family travelling from Italy and beyond this intimate affair was a real joy to be a part of.  I’m not sharing many images from this wedding, the two below are it!  But I think from here you can see how amazing the Tower of London is for a wedding.

Tower Bridge London WeddingTower Bridge WeddingOh and if it helps, I don’t like heights, in fact they make me very, very nervous but I was confidently able to shoot the below image without breaking out in to a sweat!   It’s such a cool location in which to get married and for your reception? You can hold this in the Engine room located at the bottom of the bridge.  If you are planning a Tower Bridge wedding and are looking for a photographer then please do get in touch to talk to me about your wedding plans.

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All images by Tower Bridge wedding photographer Becky Male.

Preferred Supplier for beautiful wedding venue Wick Farm

Wick Farm Wedding photography

 

As an experienced wedding photographer I’ve been fortunate to photograph many weddings across Bristol, Bath and beyond.  Wick Farm near Bath has been the setting for weddings of a number of past couples; Danny & Chess, Suzy & Jon, Adel & Richard and Sophie & Alex to name a few.  All lovely weddings, all very different yet all were at Wick Farm.

I was chuffed to bits when the owner of Wick Farm, Sophie contacted me asking me to be their preferred photography supplier.  With a decade of photography experience it meant a lot 🙂  I’m going to be at Wick Farm on Sunday 8th September 2019 for their next open day so do come along and say hi, you can also chat to other wedding suppliers and get your day sorted in one go.

I asked some of my past Wick Farm wedding couples why they chose Wick Farm and they told me:

Wick Farm was the first and only venue we looked at, we fell in love with it straight away even though it was a dark autumnal day when we visited.  We loved the arches leading to the main barn and the beautiful flowers and greener surrounding it.  Inside we loved the brickwork and the upper mezzanine and could see that it was perfect for our rustic, herb garden themed plans.   The people at Wick Farm were so friendly and accommodating and were always there to answer questions and gave us lots of ideas.   As big foodies, it was important that the venue had amazing food so the fact that Wick Farm only works with Strawberry Fields catering was perfect as the food was incredible‘  D & C

‘We loved the feel of rustic elegance that we felt at Wick Farm.  It had a great location with lovely outdoors space but room inside if the weather was poor.   The main barn with its big windows was light and airy and looked fabulous filled with flowers and candles.  Most of all, Sophie the owner was great and very experienced so it meant it was easy to trust her and Wick Farm with our day.  We couldn’t recommend Wick Farm highly enough!’  S & J   

Couple shots at Wick Farm BathWick Farm Farleigh HungerfordWick Farm Couple ShotsI think that feedback speaks for itself in all honesty but if you want to know any more about this wedding venue let me tell you more about Wick Farm.  In fact, here are my top five reasons why I love photographing weddings at Wick Farm:

  1. The venue grounds are really pretty, 37 acres of green space.  Beautiful flowers and manicured lawn, a decked area which overlooks a duck pond, stone walls and a traditional old farm building.  All great for a varied selection of wedding photographs and of course making it a gorgeous venue to impress your family and friends
  2. Nestled in tranquil surroundings on the outskirts of Bath, edged by rolling hills  yet accessible from Bristol, Bath and Chippenham.  Being so close to Bath it means you can get ready in peace at a Bath hotel or local Air B & B and then its only a really short drive to Wick Farm.   This is also a great location if you want to plan to get together with friends or family the day before or day after your wedding.
  3. An on-site bar and space in the Lower Barn mean you have a space for guests to mingle after the ceremony, this leads on to decking.  This space works well if you are bringing any accessories for guests to enjoy / look at (i.e. photos of you, a guest book to sign, or a table plan)
  4. The high beams and ceilings in the Upper Barn where the wedding ceremony takes place are really special.  The beams and ceiling provide more atmosphere than a traditional hotel type venue and it also offers great light – super important for your photographs.
  5. The venue is family owned and Sophie and Julian Janes are really hands on and care about the needs of all their couples, its definitely not a production line venue like some I have been to.

Here’s a small handful of images of the venue.  Do come along to the open day on the 8th September to have a look around, say hi to me and have a look at my work.  I can answer any questions you may have about photography / weddings and life in general !   If you’ve already booked Wick Farm and would like to check my availability to photograph your wedding day please do get in touch.

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All images by Bath Wedding Photographer, Becky Male.